High School Boys XC Poll: Week 5

Every Wednesday, El Paso Running will utilize a point system to highlight El Paso’s top cross country runners.

The system is as follows: In a race of less than 150 runners, first place gets 10 points, second gets 9 points all the way down to and 10th place which gets 1 point. For meets with between 150 to 300 runners, double points will be rewarded meaning 20 points for first, 19 for second all the way down to 1 point for 20th. For every additional 150 runners, another 10 runners will be included in the points.

For those who like raw times, we also list the Top 25 boys and girls race times and the meets and dates that they occurred.

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The Chapin Invitational at Skyline Park proved to be a worthy course. The course included grass, pavement, gravel, dirt, and a small section of sand.

Top Ten

1. Eastwood. The Troopers rested its varsity in preparation of running at the 38thWoodbridge Cross Country Classic in Irvine, Calif. Eastwood will compete in the Boys Sweepstakes race at 10 p.m. Saturday.

2. Americas. The Trailblazers won the Chapin Invitational at Skyline Park with 32 points. Americas’ top five runners finished in the top 10 including junior Jacob Ye (second, 16:43.18), senior Tyler Rodriguez (fifth, 16:58.11), senior Alek Duran (seventh, 17:10.61), freshman Jared Laverty (eighth, 17:10.61) and freshman Carmelo Corral (tenth, 17:16.09). The team will rest on Saturday.

3. San Elizario. The Eagles won the Tornillo/San Elizario XC Meet at Tornillo, scoring 30 points. Edwin Gomez won the race in a blazing 15:30.08. Other top 10 finishers were Seth Rodriguez (fourth, 15:58.36), Martin Pargas (seventh, 16:16.99) and Irvin Vasquez (ninth,  16:27.42). The steady downhill course was mostly aspahult with not many tight turns and no sand. San Elizario will race at the Loretto/Cathedral Invitational at Veterans Park on Saturday.

4. Hanks.Hanks raced on the wet and muddy course at the Southlake Carroll Meet. Juniors Michael Abeyta and Roger Rivera were the top runners – Abeyta third in 16:26 and Rivera 19thin 17:08. The race included 234 runners. Hanks will race at its own invitational at the Northeast Regional Park.

5. Coronado.The T-Birds also raced at the Southlake Carroll Meet. Sophomore Nike Gonzalez was 22ndin 17:18; 38 and senior Liam Walsh was 38th in 17:49. Coronado will race at Northeast Regional Park on Saturday.

6. Socorro.The Bulldogs jump up two spots after placing second at the Chapin Invitational at Skyline Park. Socorro ended the day with 77 points. Socorro placed two runners – Mario Luna (third, 16:52.22) and Sebastian Mendoza (ninth, 17:13.78) – in the top 10. The team will travel to Arvada, Colorado to race in the Arvada West Invitational.

7. Chapin. The Huskies jump three spots with a third place finish at its own meet at Skyline Park. Chapin finished with 97 points. Angel Contreras was the top Chapin runner for the second week in a row, finishing in 16:58.33. They will run at Hanks/Ysleta Invitational at the Northeast Regional Park.

8. Burges.The Mustangs drop two spots. Burges scored 99 points and finished fourth at the Chapin Invitational at Skyline Park.

9. Franklin.The Cougars placed fifth at the Chapin Meet with 101 points. Jacobo Wedemeyer was fourth in 16:56.73. Franklin will race at the Northeast Regional Park on Saturday.

10.  Tornillo. The Class 3A Coyotes are expected to run a full team this week at Veterans Park for first time this season. Ofir Ortega continues to race, he finished second at the Tornillo/San Elizaro Meet in 15:47.21. Teammate Eduardo Carrillo was sixth in 16:16.45.

Dropped out: None.
On the verge: Eastlake, El Paso High.

No. 2 Americas seems to have a different lead runner every week. Last Saturday at Skyline it was junior Jacob Ye he was second overall in a time of 16:43.18.

Top 25 Times

1, Roger Rivera, Hanks, 15:09:58 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

2, Brandon Seagraves, Cathedral, 15:22:57 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

3, Edwin Gomez, San Elizario, 15:30.08 (Tornillo Invitational, 9/8).

4, Carmelo Corral, Americas, 15:39:86 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

5, Ofir Ortega, Tornillo, 15:47.21 (Tornillo Invitational, 9/8).

6, Israel David, Eastlake, 15:50:12 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

7, Aaron Perez, Eastwood, 15:56.30 (Tornillo Invitational, 9/8).

8, Seth Rodriguez, San Elizario, 15:58.36 (Tornillo Invitational, 9/8).

9, Michael Abeyta, Hanks, 15:58.41 (Del Valle, 9/1).

10, Alek Duran, Americas, 16:01:90 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

11, Gage Garcia, Americas, 16:02:88 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

12, Tyler Rodriguez, Americas, 16:03:93 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

13, Elias Perez, Eastwood, 16:10.08 (Canutillo Invite, 8/25).

14, Sergio Leon Cuartas, Eastwood, 16:13.02 (Canutillo Invite, 8/25).

15, Hector Rivera, Bel Air, 16:14:27 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

16, Steve Stresow, Cathedral, 16:14.67 (Tornillo Invitational, 9/8).

17, Eduardo Carrillo, Tornillo, 16:16.45 (Tornillo Invitational, 9/8).

18, Eddie Gallegos, Eastwood, 16:16.95 (Canutillo Invite, 8/25).

19, Martin Pargas, San Elizario, 16:16.99 (Tornillo Invitational, 9/8).

20, Juan Olmos, Eastwood, 16:18.38 (Canutillo Invite, 8/25).

22, Andres Marquez, Eastwood, 16:24.52 (Tornillo Invitational 9/8).

23, Irvin Vasquez, San Elizario, 16:27.42 (Tornillo Invitational, 9/8).

24, Jorge Navor, Eastwood, 16:27.83 (Tornillo Invitational, 9/8).

25, Trenton Nelson, Montwood, 16:28:67 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

The focus this week stays in Northeast El Paso with two meets – the Loretto/Cathedral Invitational at Veterans Park and the Hanks/Ysleta Invitational at Northeast Regional Park on Saturday.

Power rankings
(number in parenthesis indicate meets won):

1, Edwin Gomez, San Eli, 30 (3).

2, Roger Rivera, Hanks, 29 (1).

3, Michael Abeyta, Hanks, 27 (1).

4, Brandon Seagraves, Cathedral, 25 (1).

4, Seth Rodriguez, San Eli, 25.

6, Chauncey Wilkes, Andress, 19 (1).

6, Jacobo Wedemeyer, Franklin, 19.

6, Tyler Rodriguez, Americas, 19.

9, Ofir Ortega, Tornillo, 18.

10, Mario Luna, Socorro, 17.

Carmelo Corral, Americas, 16.

David Gonzalez, Burges, 16.

Sergio Leon Cuartas, Eastwood, 15.

Elias Perez, Eastwood, 15.

Martin Pargas, San Eli, 15.

Liam Walsh, Coronado, 14 (1).

Angel Contreras, Chapin, 13.

Israel David, Eastlake, 12.

Nicholas Gonzalez, Coronado, 12.

Alek Duran, Americas, 11.

Jacob Ye, Americas, 9.

Noah Yeager, Burges, 9.

Josep Ferret, El Paso, 9.

Aaron Perez, Eastwood, 8.

Sebastian Mendoza, Socorro, 8.

Kayn Quinones, Eastwood, 7.

Juan Olmos, Eastwood, 7.

Eddie Gallegos, Eastwood, 7.

Christian Parra, Socorro, 7.

Steve Stresow, Cathedral, 6.

Angel Ortiz, Burges, 6.

D’Angelo Flores, Jefferson, 5.

Gage Garcia, Americas, 5.

Eduardo Carrillo, Tornillo, 5.

Zach Sanchez, Andress, 4.

Sam Zambrano, Burges, 4.

Alan Alba, Coronado, 4.

Joshua Pineda, Pebble Hills, 4.

Carlos Armendariz, Eastlake, 3.

Evan Rubio, Ysleta, 3.

Hector Rivera, Bel Air, 3.

Jared Laverty, Americas, 3.

Luis Cuevas, Burges, 3.

Andres Marquez, Eastwood, 3.

Dylan Espinosa, Bowie, 3.

Trenton Nelson, Montwood, 2.

Irvin Vasquez, San  Elizario, 2.

Jose Nilo, Austin, 2.

Hector Sanchez, Americas, 1.

Joshua Gonzalez, Mt. View, 1.

Abraham Navarez, Parkland, 1.

Matthew Avila, El Paso, 1.

Jorge Navor, Eastwood, 1.

Author: Victor R. Martinez

My love of running began with my son Deric. His passion and talent for distance running opened my eyes to a sport I never imaged I would embrace with such enthusiasm. As a journalist at the El Paso Times, I was the lead writer for cross country and track for several years and I was able to tell the stories of these amazing unsung athletes. Never a runner myself, I decided to change that when I turned 50 in 2016 when I trained for my first 5K. I've been running ever since and I love every minute of it - well - sort of.

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